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Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? Hand pumps?


We keep our thinners in a large flammable locker, and like to use hand pumps when we can (either pull-up, or press-down style).

I've never really found one that I liked, all the steel ones leak, but they fit basically any 5g can.

I can find pumps that fit 1g containers, but the threads are always different from what Sherwin Williams puts on their gallon cans.

Either way, we're trying to find a less messy way of dispensing these dangerous solvents without the standard "tip-n-splash" method.

We're metering out usually around a quart at a time, if that is helpful. So not looking for something with huge pump volumes.

10/19/15       #2: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...

use an old diaphram pump.
or a safety can with content labels

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10/19/15       #3: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...

i use one of the dispensing stands..

10/19/15       #4: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...
Robert Member

Set the 5 gallon can on the bench. Pull up the spout. Don't face the pull up spout towards the can your trying to fill, but position the spout so its behind what your trying to fill.

Then tip it towards the can your going to fill up. Doing it this way allows air to escape which will prevent the gurgle gurgle splash splash spill spill syndrome.

10/19/15       #5: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...
Steve Member


Place can on bench. Tip on it's side. Roll can so that the spout is at the top. Allow fluid to settle. Remove spout cap. Rotate can until fluid starts to flow out. Fill your container. There will be no splash.

10/19/15       #6: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...
Jr Lee  Member


I don't know if they are still available but I purchased several hand pumps from Hood Finishing a few years ago. I believe. They simply insert into the 5 gal pail and you pump out what you need. They were apprx $15 each when I got them. They work well.
Good luck

10/20/15       #7: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...

I know how to tilt a can, and I do use a benchtop tilt mechanism for dispensing paint and clears. However, neither of these are options when keeping the thinners inside the flammable locker.

We currently have hand pumps, but they lack much refinement (they leak a little at the top), and I need to order a couple more.... was hoping someone would have a suggestion on a hand pump that is better.

JR Lee, I will look up Hood's offerings, thanks for the suggestion, that's the kind of help I'm needing.

10/21/15       #8: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...

google to the rescue.

Westech Equipment

10/21/15       #9: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...

Just wanted to thank everyone who contributed in a helpful way. Those, specifically, who attempted to be helpful, even if it's not the specific solution I was looking for. You make this site great.

The other guy, not so much.

10/31/15       #10: Dispensing thinners from 5g cans? H ...
Rick Mosher  Member


We had 8 of these for the solvents we used daily. They were in our air supplied, vented, fireproof mixing room and each can was grounded for static.

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Westco Pail Tipper

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